St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

Saint Mary Lake is the second largest lake in Glacier National Park, in the U. S. state of Montana.Located on the east side of the park, the Going-to-the-Sun Road parallels the lake along its north shore. At an altitude of 4484ft, Saint Mary Lake's waters are colder and lie almost 1500ft higher in altitude than Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park, which is located on the west side of the Continental Divide. Here, the great plains end and the Rocky Mountains begin in an abrupt altitude change, with Little Chief Mountain posing a formidable southern flank above the west end of the lake.The lake is long and deep with a surface area of 3923acre. The waters of the lake rarely rise above 50Ā°F and are home to various species of trout. During the winter, the lake is often completely frozen over with ice up to thick.The opening scene in the 1980 Stanley Kubrick film The Shining was shot at Saint Mary Lake.
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  • Goose Island overlook is the iconic Glacier photo op. Plenty of parking... early morning best for photos. (sunrise)  more »
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  • This is easily one of my favorite views of Glacier National park. The trail from sun point walks along St.Mary Lake & the campground Rising Sun is just across the Going to the sun Road.  more »

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Where to stay in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park offers a wealth of accommodation options right inside the park. You can stake a tent in one of theĀ campgrounds or choose from a handful of rustic lodges and chalets. Rooms fill up quickly at these, so make reservations as far in advance as possible (up to a year ahead). A few inns, motels, and lodges sit around the St. Mary's Lakes by the park's northeast boundary, but staying in Whitefish on the western side is a better choice if you prefer to be in a Montana mountain town. Here you'll find homey inns and lodges, economy motels, and a wide range of restaurants. You'll find additional inns and motels as you drive east along Route 2 toward the park's entrance.
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